The supercomputers studied the glass sponges properties

The remarkable structural properties of the Venus flower basket sponge (E. aspergillum) might seem fathoms removed from human-engineered structures. However, insights into how the organism’s latticework of holes and ridges influences the hydrodynamics of seawater in its vicinity could lead to advanced designs for buildings, bridges, marine vehicles and aircraft, and anything that must respond safely to forces imposed by the flow of air or water.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is one of the most fascinating technologies of our time: in QC, bits (the units of information that encode the two states, 1/0, of a switch) are replaced by qubits: complex objects, for example subatomic particles such as photons or electrons, which exploit some properties of quantum physics, which can store much more information than bits, therefore potentially much more powerful and performing than the systems in use.

Leonardo: The European HPC path toward the digital Era

The European supercomputer Leonardo, managed by Cineca, that will be installed at the end of 2021 in the new data center located in the Tecnopolo of Bologna, will be based on Atos BullSequana XH2000 technology, and feature nearly 14,000 next generation NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based GPUs and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR InfiniBand. It will deliver 10 exaflops of FP16 AI performance.